One Hel’ of a helper

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Vandyke Upper School sixth former Heloise Lee is the latest recipient of the Leighton Buzzard Children’s Theatre Charity Cup.

Given annually, the cup is presented to a member or associate of the group who has gone one step beyond with their charity and volunteering work.

Heloise has volunteered as a youth helper with the Mini and Children’s Theatre groups forfive years.

Volunteering for these groups means an early rise on Saturday mornings as the group starts at 9am.

The volunteer position includes teaching and encouraging the young performers at workshops, rehearsals and during performances.

Spokesman Sally Allsopp said: “Heloise is a fantastic youth helper, nothing is too much for her and she really helps the children to have fun and learn.

“Her love of music and drama shines through her work- the children all adore her.

“During productions Heloise will give up a week after school to help get the production ready and make sure every child feels that the performances are amazing.

“At LBCT community events Heloise is the first to volunteer to help and last Christmas helped at many events to help raise thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support.”

Heloise also coaches swimming for a local club two evenings a week and helps to edit their newsletter. Se was a finalist in the Bedfordshire Young People of The Year Awards 2012-13 and plans to help at this year’s Mencapsummer holiday club.

Sally added: “A worthy winner of the award, Heloise will continue her volunteering whilst studying for A-levels showing a true community spirit in all she does.”